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The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world. Son of a bigot. Healthy Perspective: The latest health & wellness news with a dose of conversation. Your Friday morning health roundup: The U.S. health care system wastes $750 billion a year, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.By KAREN BLEIER, AFP/Getty ImagesHealth care waste: The U.S. health care system wastes $750 billion a year on unneeded care, useless paperwork, fraud and other failures and could make changes that would both save money and improve health, says a report from the Institute of Medicine.

Healthy Perspective: The latest health & wellness news with a dose of conversation

The bluntly worded report says that if banks ran like the health system, ATM transactions would take days and that if airlines ran like the health system, pilots could design their own pre-flight safety checks or not do them at all. (Associated Press) Red wine surprise: The idea that you can drink your way to heart health takes a hit from a new study -- at least if your idea of drinking involves alcohol. All the Single Ladies. The noxious “legitimate rape” comment by Todd Akin, Missouri congressman and Senate candidate, has me once again pondering a simple question: Why do any women vote Republican?

All the Single Ladies

The Republican establishment rushed in to pressure Akin to drop out of the race — something that he refused to do — in part because they want to win the seat, win control of the Senate and win Missouri for Romney. How to suck at your religion. Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God. Atheist's View On Life Could Make Anyone Cry. 4 Minutes In, The Interviewer Almost Gets Choked Up. Atheists Face Discrimination On A Shocking Level (INFOGRAPHIC) Ghanaian cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson attends a mass at the St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican.

Atheists Face Discrimination On A Shocking Level (INFOGRAPHIC)

Cardinals moved into the Vatican today as the suspense mounted ahead of a secret papal election with no clear frontrunner to steer the Catholic world through troubled waters after Benedict XVI's historic resignation.The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice. It’s okay to marry a Republican or Democrat, just not an atheist. Heaven is for neuroscience: How the brain creates visions of God. For most of recorded history, human beings situated the mind — and by extension the soul — not within the brain but within the heart.

Heaven is for neuroscience: How the brain creates visions of God

Apollonius of Tyana. Apollonius of Tyana (Ancient Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Τυανεύς; c. 15 – c. 100 CE[2]) was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher from the town of Tyana in the Roman province of Cappadocia in Asia Minor.

Apollonius of Tyana

Little is known about him with certainty. Being a 1st-century orator and philosopher around the time of Christ, he was compared with Jesus of Nazareth by Christians in the 4th century[3] and by various popular writers in modern times. Life dates[edit] The problem I have with religion version 2.0.

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Is The Internet Killing Religion In America? Brain Activity Shows Basis of Near-Death 'Light' There may be a scientific explanation for the vivid near-death experiences, such as seeing a shining light, that some people report after surviving a heart attack, US scientists said Monday.

Brain Activity Shows Basis of Near-Death 'Light'

Apparently, the brain keeps on working for up to 30 seconds after blood flow stops, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Train kills 37 pilgrims in eastern India. Researchers Aggregate 63 Studies and Find ‘Significant Negative Association Between Intelligence and Religiosity’ Pakistan's Malala, shot by Taliban, takes education plea to U.N. Respecting religion. Religious Differences. Religion. This is a good analogy for religion. U6zu3Xs.jpg (806×704) The Skeptic's Annotated Bible (book) 8202471945_bf8862b0a6.jpg (500×400) It all makes sense now. Usury. Usury (/ˈjuːʒəri/[1][2]) is the practice of making unethical or immoral monetary loans intended to unfairly enrich the lender.

Usury

A loan may be considered usurious because of excessive or abusive interest rates or other factors, but according to some dictionaries, simply charging any interest at all can be considered usury.[3][4][5] Someone who charges usury can be called an usurer, but the more common term in English is loan shark. The term may be used in a moral sense—condemning taking advantage of others' misfortunes—or in a legal sense where interest rates may be regulated by law. 9D47l.jpg (720×453) L5UFn.jpg (720×360) How to suck at your religion. Faith leaders across England in 'HIV healing' claims. 24 September 2012Last updated at 01:14 ET By Andy Dangerfield BBC News, London Synagogue Church Of All Nations website shows videos of people it claims have been "cured" Dangerous cases of faith leaders who tell people with HIV to stop taking their life-saving drugs have been identified by African-led community groups in a number of locations across England.

Faith leaders across England in 'HIV healing' claims

Seven groups said there were instances of people being told by faith leaders they had been "healed" through prayer - and then pressured to stop taking antiretroviral medication, according to the charity African Health Policy Network (AHPN). 959eb.jpg (2560×1600) Boy Scouts of America membership controversies. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the largest private youth organizations in the United States, has policies which prohibit atheists, agnostics and, until January 2014, prohibited all "open or avowed" homosexuals from membership in its Scouting program. The ban on "open or avowed" homosexual adults from membership remains in effect. BSA has denied or revoked membership status or leadership positions for violation of these foundational principles.

The BSA contends that its policies are essential in its mission to instil in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law.[1][2] These policies have led to various disputes and controversies. In 2012, both Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and then President Barack Obama stated that they opposed the ban on gay Scouts.[5][6] On May 23, 2013, the BSA's National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone effective January 1, 2014. [edit] Dude it is a square...I see what you did there! Near Death Experiences. Religion riskier than porn for online viruses: study. Web wanderers are more likely to get a computer virus by visiting a religious website than by peering at porn, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Religion riskier than porn for online viruses: study

"Drive-by attacks" in which hackers booby-trap legitimate websites with malicious code continue to be a bane, the US-based anti-virus vendor Symantec said in its Internet Security Threat Report. When it comes to accepting evolution, gut feelings trump facts. EyJsg.jpg (JPEG Image, 540 × 720 pixels) ‘Personhood’ Agenda is Theocracy. World Publics Welcome Global Trade — But Not Immigration. 47-Nation Pew Global Attitudes Survey Overview.

World Publics Welcome Global Trade — But Not Immigration

It's only a story.. Senate panel OKs creationism teaching bill. Explaining Radiometric Dating. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: Leave Religion Out Of Michigan's Anti-Bullying Bill. Michigan's recent anti-bullying bill debate has moved one step forward and two steps back for actual protection against bullying in the state's schools. Carlin on Religion. The Vatican claims Darwin's theory of evolution is compatible with Christianity. Fox and Friends. 559.jpg (JPEG Image, 850x557 pixels) The Scale of the Universe.

Praise the lard? Study links church to obesity - Health - Diet and nutrition. It might be the potlucks, it might be those long hours sitting in pews, but whatever the cause, a new study presented this week shows a link between religious activity and weight gain. The study, conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, found that young adults who frequently attended religious activities were far more likely to become obese than those who didn’t. “Our main finding was that people with a high frequency of religious participation in young adulthood were 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age than those with no religious participation in young adulthood,” says Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator and a fourth-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Fact-Checking The Church Of Scientology: Journalist Lawrence Wright. Was Darwin Wrong? Evolution by natural selection, the central concept of the life's work of Charles Darwin, is a theory.